In the face of yet another late night shoot out it’s time to bid adieu to the last black dance club in Westport.
That would be America’s Pub, the scene of 24 year-old Brian Euston’s demise last fall. Failed Westport black club Karma closed quietly three weeks back. And speaking of failed nightclubs, neither America’s Pub nor Karma were originally designed to attract black clientel.
They switched to an urban theme after efforts to attract white patrons failed.
The KC Star had a tiny brief on the shootings that went down at 2:30 AM Sunday (really Saturday night). Three were shot and wounded, all blacks, even though the overall violence in Westport is down.
Now Westport must once again try and mount another a PR comeback.
It’s pretty obvious that to end all this Westport should close America’s Pub.
Because Westport is down to just one club that has constant violence around it, the Pub.
KCMO police don’t want to and/or can’t just throw manpower at the area to try and fix this problem. As I wrote last month, the only possible solution would be to double cops on the street in midtown from 11 pm to 4 am weekends. And this is just not gonna happen.
Put the cops in problem spots? Also a no-go.
Profiling seems unlikely, so it’s down to this, move the clubs that have this type of crowd out of the area.
Hip Hop is finally falling off with young blacks, so that’s a help. Kansas City has a large number of young urban types who just don’t have the education or jobs to move forward and away from violent acts. It’s now three decades of this crap.
And it’s half killed Westport and surrounding areas.
There is a place for these troublesome folks; it’s called the east side.
Let them experience this sort of club action in their hoods with more police to watch the problems. As one Westport owner says, "Having cops is a must at the bad boy clubs, working the door and watching for trouble."
But again, this seems to be a no-go. Too bad. Why not let the violent people hang out together in that part of KC?
Wherever else they go it sparks shootings and death. And it’s been like that for 30 years. The proof is l00%. Is that racism?
No, it’s reality.
Look, I ran the top urban dance club in town for 10 years. It was tough work and no fun. We had major security and police help. We had no shootings or stabbings in the club. But again – boy – it was tough work.
I’ll state the old cliche here, "Some of my closest pals are of color. Like Ted McKnight, Jimmy JJ Walker and Michael Winslow. And P.S., they agree with me.
It’s embarrassing to them and others to see this violence each week here and across the nation.
Hey, I would be the first one to stand in line and pick up a weapon to STOP ANYONE FROM trying to harm Black Americans because of race or color. That’s not the point of this issue. The Hip-Hop and gang mentality, the GANGSTA creed is what causes the killings and shootings. They thnk its cool. It’s not.
The mafia guys kept their neighborhoods safe for the most part. I don’t remember shootings and stabbings at their clubs – not to civilians. Yes, I know about River Quay in the 70’s, that’s not the same thing.
It has to end. Westport can be turned around. These clubs can be turned into fun nightspots again. Not hip-hop dance clubs that usually – in fact l00% of the time – breed violence.